Oakland CA sewer lateral EBMUD waste water control ordinance

October 21st, 2010

Update as of May 2011

As a home seller in Oakland or Piedmont California you will soon be obligated to conduct a sewer lateral scope inspection and upon transfer of the home to a new Buyer someone will be obligated to make any repairs needed to comply with the new city of Oakland sewer lateral ordinance and the EBMUD waste water ordinance.  If you are a Buyer considering a home prior to January 1, 2011 you would be well advised to perform your own camera inspection to make sure that you are not unwittingly assuming someone else’s very expensive problem. city_of_oakland_sewer_lateral_ordinance_picture

A number of East Bay Cities and Sanitary Districts require that sewer laterals be inspected and brought into conformance as a part of the sale of property.  A recent court order will require the cities of Oakland, Emeryville, Piedmont, Berkeley, Alameda, Albany, Kensington, El Cerrito and the Richmond Annex of the City of Richmond to require homeowners to fix or upgrade their sewer lines when a home is sold or upgraded.  The East Bay Municipal Utility District (“EBMUD”) Wastewater Control Ordinance will require property owners in certain areas of the EBMUD wastewater service area to obtain a compliance certificate that shows their private sewer laterals are without defects and have proper connections. The private sewer lateral program requirements for property owners will be in effect on January 1, 2011. The ordinance specifies three conditions which require property owners to test and, if needed, repair or replace their private sewer laterals:

1-Prior to selling the property
2-When obtaining any permit from the construction or modification of the property estimated to be greater than $100,000
3-When increasing or decreasing EBMUD water service that requires a change in meter size.

These EBMUD requirements will only affect properties in the EBMUD wastewater service area in Emeryville, Oakland, and Piedmont. The cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley and the Stege Sanitary District (which serves Kensington, the City of El Cerrito and a portion of the City of Richmond) have local private sewer lateral ordinances already in effect.  It is not known whether existing requirements in several cities which already have such requirements will be strengthened. Sellers and Buyers are advised to check with the local Building Inspection Department or Sanitary District for more information.

view the EBMUD Water Control Ordinance.

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